Monday, December 31, 2018
CELEBRATE KANSAS CITY LOSERS AND WINNERS OF 2018!!!
The politics of Kansas City in 2018 grew increasingly divisive and offered quite a few surprises but mostly told a story of very rich people manipulating the hearts and minds of the fading middle-class in order to garner power with varying degrees of success.
And so, with respect to hottie Lucy and her crowning achievement body of work . . .
CHECK OUR EPIC LOCAL LIST OF POLITICOS WHO STAY LOSING & WINNING 2018!!!
Here's the quick and dirty recap of these electeds and their impact on the plebs . . .
1. Senator Claire McCaskill
She spent all of December ranting at women who actually won their elections. In the midst of a "Blue Wave" she believed that separating herself from "those crazy Democrats" would improve her likeability. She was totally wrong. Moreover, she ends her long career isolated from the NEXTGEN of progressives who seem to be making gains amid an increasingly polarized American discourse.
2. Former Missouri Governor Eric Grietens
A sex scandal of his own making brought him down in a kerfuffle that served to further strengthen the ranks of Missouri "gold old boys" and the Jeff City establishment who holds power by talking a great game when it comes to wedge issues and then mostly garnering some sweet deals from corporate visitors. For a politico, he's still relatively young and there's already talk of a comeback but the year of #MeToo ruined an otherwise EPIC carer that held White House aspirations and is now forced to cope with a lot of damage and a new cultural landscape.
3. Congressman Kevin Yoder
He ran a great campaign but the reality is that Johnson County has changed. The "Golden Ghetto" is now a progressive enclave that threatens to change all of Kansas if the momentum and the activism of white ladies persists. Nevertheless, unlike other losers on this list, during his last days in office he showed his skill as a statesman by thanking constituents and reflecting thoughtfully on his tenure. More than any other "loser" on the list . . . The Congressman is already poised for another chance to return to office.
4. Kansas SecState Kris Kobach
For such a well-educated and very smart man, the foibles of Kris Kobach with a toy gun during a JoCo parade defined a candidacy that was all bad style and very little substance. Even with the help of Prez Trump in a solid Red State and following a sketchy primary vote that many think was rigged . . . Mighty Kris Kobach suffered embarrassment at the hands of a politically moderate granny.
Moreover . . .
Kris Kobach is finished as an elected official. He's not going to be governor, Senator or hold office anywhere that matters in Kansas.
Look for Kobach on talk shows where his style makes a better fit and offers watchers the opportunity to change the channel when his routine invariably grows tiresome.
5. Mayor Sly James
After 8 years running Kansas City he's got nowhere to go. There's very little upside for this local power player who mostly leaves a legacy of rising urban core violence and corporate welfare following his tenure. While he's still the favorite of the local ruling class, Mayor Sly is no longer a local superstar as he finishes his term as a lame duck.
Interlude . . . Mike Sanders
Yes, the former Jackson County Exec and Missouri Democratic Party Chairman also deserves a mention because of his dramatic fall from grace and because he's now rotting away in the Federal pen . . . But there's no point in kicking a guy while he's done especially since every local politico and news outlet ignored his misdeeds and controversy while he was in office and didn't bother to say anything even remotely negative until the guy was safely behind bars. The FAIL of Mike Sanders mostly rests on so many cowards who call themselves "journalists" and elected officials.
5. Senator-Elect Josh Hawley
The so-called "Golden Boy" made the popularity of Prez Trump among Red State voters work to his advantage better than anybody else. His double talk during the camapign was obvious, he's not really likeable by any measure and even Republicans deride his dearth of real world experience. Nevertheless, he won big against a tough opponent with access to national media resources and the victory of Josh Hawley deserves recognition.
4. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II
Now part of a Democratic Majority House the Congressman is stronger than he has ever been. There is no challenger capable of matching him in district and critics have no place to gain traction. Meanwhile, look for this elected official to continue to enjoy growing nationwide prominence and continue to captivate the talk show circuit with a great many EPIC quotes.
3. KCMO Council Ladies Heather Hall, Katheryn Shields & Teresa Loar
This is the team to watch among Kansas City power players. They don't always fall on the same side of every issue but when they work together, these council ladies are nearly unstoppable. On the topic of a new airport, MLK and so many critical local issues . . . Council ladies Hall, Shields & Loar will dominate local politics over the next 4 years more effectively than anyone else.
2. Jackson County Sheriff Forté & Executive Frank White
Power over the courthouse now rests with this team as they confront the difficulty of building a new jail and dealing with an Eastern Jack stronghold that's stripped a great deal of power away from the Exec and STILL can outvote him on the Legislature at whim. Nevertheless, there seems to be a détente for the moment following some significant wins for team Frank during 2018.
1. Congress-member-Elect Sharice Davids
Sharice Davids is the shining star of Heartland progressive politics. Powered by corporate cash and DNC infrastructure, her surprise victory shocked the nation and signaled a new era in Kansas politics. Sadly, detractors weren't able to beat her on policy issues and mostly attacked her with nothing but hate speech via nasty Internet comments. Again, Johnson County has changed. One of the most affluent enclaves in the Kansas City metro now confronts more crime, lower wages and challenges in healthcare and education. And so, voters have turned to Sharice Davids to speak to their concerns that weren't satisfied by Republican rhetoric. Nothing lasts forever but at the end of the year it's obvious that branding, image and a great deal of hype have propelled Sharice Davids to the to spot as Kansas City's greatest political winner of 2018.
And so, like it or not, these Kansas City winners and losers guide us into 2019.
Developing . . .